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Newsletter June 2016

Hello OpenBCI Community!


We’ve been hard at work in the R&D phase for the new OpenBCI products, and things are coming along nicely. We have plenty of news to update you on!


  1. You still have time to catch our Summer Sale on all OpenBCI products!
  2. The Ganglion Board Update
  3. Ultracortex Mark IV Update
  4. Meet our Interns!
  5. Review our products!
  6. OpenBCI GUI V2 under development!
  7. Past & Future events
  8. tDCS update and refund information


1. Prices Going Up!


Congratulations, Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers! You received a substantial discount on the Ganglion and Ultracortex Mark IV. As a result of some unexpected manufacturing and assembly costs, the retail price of the Ganglion and Ultracortex Mark IV will be going up by 125-150% on July 1st.


If you have been on the fence about pre-ordering any of the new OpenBCI products, now is your last chance to get a serious discount on the technology before the pre-order prices are increased! Through July 1st, you can get a 10% discount off of all OpenBCI products by using the following discount code — SummerSale!



2.The Ganglion Board

Updated Delivery Date: August 2016


We just received the latest Ganglion prototypes and we are now populating and testing them. Additionally, we are collaborating with  to write the new Ganglion firmware. As of right now, everything is on track for an August delivery of the Ganglion Boards. Here’s photo of the latest prototype in the early stages of testing!




3.The Ultracortex Mark IV

Updated Delivery Date: October 2016


Based on the feedback we received from a survey we ran in April, we have now settled on the final node network for the Ultracortex Mark IV frame. Thank you to everyone who replied to the survey! The new frame design is based on the 10-20 network diagramed below left. The lower right render depicts a photo/photoshop concept of the latest frame design. The frame provides access to 35 different 10-20 System locations.



For the mechanical parts (electrode holders) of the Mark IV, we have decided to move forward with an injection molded solution. This is great news with regards to ease of assembly and part quality. All electrode units will come pre-assembled regardless of whether you are receiving the Print-It-Yourself, Unassembled, or Pro-Assembled headset. See the reference image below.



As a result of moving in the direction of injection molding, we are forced to extend the delivery date by roughly 2 months. The trade off for switching to an injection molded manufacturing process is a longer manufacturing timeline. That said, we are really excited about the new part designs. We expect the parts to be very high quality and much easier to work with than the 3D-printed mechanical parts of the Ultracortex Mark III.


4. Interns In The House


We are very excited to announce that we brought on five very talented interns this Summer: Colin, Niyathi, Gabe, Irene, and Wangshu. They are working to improve the OpenBCI documentation, while implementing the 32bit Board, Ultracortex, and Ganglion for personal projects. Stay tuned for what they come up with!


5. Review Our Products


We are happy to announce that you can now ! We recently added this feature and we hope to be able to get some useful feedback from our community.


6. OpenBCI GUI V2 (Under Development)


We are currently working on the next version of the OpenBCI GUI which can be used as a standalone app or developed further with Processing.


Expected GUI additions and improvements will include:

  • Ganglion compatibility
  • EDF data format export setting
  • Accelerometer visualizer
  • 4/8/16-channel interactive EMG visualizer
  • User methods for accessing raw and filtered uV and FFT data
  • Upgraded interactive 10-20 head plot w/ presets for Ultracortex Mark III and Mark IV
  • Various bug fixes, as detailed here:
  • Various data output/input protocols: OSC, LSL, UDP, etc.
  • Interactive GUI tutorial embedded in app


If you have feedback/suggestions please add them as issues to our , or email us at .


7. Past & Future Events


Over the course of the Spring, OpenBCI was present at a number of great BCI/Neurotech events.


At Xtech & Neurogaming Expo in San Francisco, Conor gave a presentation on Brain-Computer Interfaces and led a series of workshops on OpenBCI.



We were proud sponsors of the 6th International  in Monterey, CA. We were joined at the event by our friends from . At the event, Jeremy Frey presented a paper comparing OpenBCI with g.tec hardware, and OpenBCI did quite well!


“Comparison of a consumer grade EEG amplifier with medical grade equipment in BCI applications.” (Jeremy Frey)


In early June, Conor gave a presentation titled “The Democratization of Neurotechnology” at NeuroTech NYC. Other presenters included  from ,  of the Affective Computing group at MIT Media Lab, and  of Harvard Medical School and .



Joel and Dave Games For Change Festival 2016.jpgJoel Games For Change Festival.jpg

This Thursday Joel will be giving a presentation on OpenBCI and Neurogaming at the . The talk focused on OpenBCI, its mission, and what it means to democratize in the field of brain-computer interface (BCI). He showcased examples of applications that members of our growing community have created and talked about the potential applications of BCI in gaming. A volunteer from the audience was invited to do a live demo using the headset.


8. tDCS Update and Refund Information!


After many conversations with experts in the field of neuroscience and brain-computer interfacing, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue development of the tDCS Shield. From the beginning, we stated that safety is our #1 priority. At this point in time, we do not have the resources to pursue a tDCS solution that we believe is both cost-effective and safe. If you placed an order for a tDCS Shield through our online store, we will reimburse you in full. Refunds should have been processed already, if this is not the case or if you have any questions please reach out to  with the subject “tDCS Refund” with your questions, comments, or concerns. We know that many of you were waiting anxiously for the release of this product, and we sincerely apologize that we will not be able to deliver on it.

Thank You!


From everyone at OpenBCI, we want to say thank you. Your support is making the open source neurorevolution possible. We look forward to getting the latest OpenBCI technology into your hands. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out: .


All the best,

The OpenBCI Team

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